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The Lakeland Industry and Community Association Airshed Zone is an independent standing committee working within the structure of the Lakeland Industry and Community Association (LICA) while incorporating the participation of individuals and organizations from outside LICA.

 
 
2016-2017 Airshed Zone Committee
 

LICA Board Chairperson:

Andrea Woods.

Community Members:

Amanda Avery-Bibo, Co-Chair; Randi Blackwell.

Community Alternates:

Marie Ilchuk; Kristy Tetreau.

AEP/AEP Alternate:

Vacant

AER:

Sean Humphreys.

Health Regions:

Carmelle Kokonas.

Industry:

Megan Tilley, Co-Chair; Roger Boucher; Heather Harms.

Industry Alternates:

Elizabeth Michaud; Megan St. Amant.

First Nations:

Vacant

Metis:

Vacant

Other Sectors:

Katlyn Macdonald.

Other Sectors Alternate:

Vacant

 


 The Airshed Zone Committee:

Guided by the LICA Vision, Mission, and Values, the purpose of the LICA Airshed Zone is broken down into three broad categories. The specifics on how the organization meets, achieves or fulfills the different objectives are detailed in the targets and tactics are outlined in the Operations Management Plan.

 

Purpose:

  • Serve as the Alberta Airshed Zone in the LICA area, including participation in appropriate Federal and/or Provincial air quality initiatives  

  • Facilitate and co-ordinate regional air quality monitoring in the LICA area.

  • Further and promote understanding of air quality in the LICA area.

 

Objectives:

  • Support Public Communication and Awareness

  • Determine Background Air Quality and Track Trends

  • Support Protection of Wildlife, Livestock and Ecosystems

  • Support Regulatory Compliance

  • Characterize Pollutants in the LICA Region

  • Determine Human Exposure to Air Pollutants

  • Assess Trans-boundary Effects

  • Support Model Evaluation

  • Combine partner resources and share best practices.

 

Objectives in Detail:

  • Support Public Communication and Awareness - The monitoring network will provide data needed to calculate metrics such as the Air Quality Health Index, provide data to Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) data warehouse, and support public reporting such as the LICA annual reports, LICA website, newspaper advertisements and other advisories.

  • Determine Background Air Quality and Track Trends - The monitoring network will provide data needed to determine background air quality of the region. This data will be useful for establishing regional background levels of air pollutants for environmental impact assessments. Furthermore, the network will provide data needed to track short- and longterm trends.

  • Support Protection of Wildlife, Livestock and Ecosystems - Pollutants within the LICA region will be characterized to gain a better understanding of the potential exposure of wildlife, livestock and ecosystems.

  • Support Regulatory Compliance - The monitoring network will provide data required by AEW. Furthermore, the monitoring network will also provide data so that comparisons can be made to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives (AAAQO) and Canada Wide Standards (CWS).

  • Characterize Pollutants in the LICA Region - The monitoring network will provide data to allow for characterization of pollutants by monitoring the pollutants emitted in the LICA region, based on the emission inventory for the region, and pollutants that are advected into the region from sources outside. Monitoring will be carried out such that an assessment of the data will allow for identification of ‘hot-spots’ in the region and contribution of non-point sources and fugitive emissions specific to the oil and gas industry.

  • Determine Human Exposure to Air Pollutants - With a specific focus on human health risk, pollutants within the LICA region will be characterized to gain a better understanding of population exposure. An assessment of pollutants that pose a human health risk should be performed close to where people live, work and play.

  • Assess Trans-boundary Effects - The monitoring network will provide data to assess trans-boundary effects across the boundaries of the LICA Airshed Zone.

  • Support Model Evaluation - The monitoring network will provide data that will be used to support air quality dispersion model evaluation.

  • Combine partner resources and share best practices. Define and secure funding for the budget required to implement the Airshed program.

 

 

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Identify regional environmental air quality issues and respond as required.  

  • Define, manage, and continuously improve the air monitoring program using the four-stage Plan-Do-Check-Adjust adaptive management framework which is based on an Environmental Management System (EMS) approach. The framework provides a process for continual improvement to guide the on-going enhancement of the Network.

  • Develop and prioritize annual work plans to further understanding of regional air quality and to address any regional air quality issues.

  • Define and secure funding towards the budget required to implement the programs

  • Compile and share information on regional environmental air quality.

  • Participate in education and outreach activities to promote understanding of air quality and regional air quality issues.

  • Participate with Alberta Environment and Water (AEW), Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) and the Alberta Airsheds Council (AAC) in provincial and federal initiatives that could positively affect air quality in the LICA area.

  • Contract a Program Manager and a Network Operator to respectively oversee and operate the air monitoring network. Job descriptions for these positions are in Attachments A and B.

  • Maintain and continuously improve the Quality System and Procedures The LICA Airshed Zone operates within LICA’s Bylaws and Policies

 

Membership:

  • Chair of LICA Board may attend as ex-officio

  • Up to five (5) community members may be appointed to the Board

  • At least one member of the committee must be a Board member

  • Additional members may choose to participate on a regular basis, but shall not receive remuneration or expenses from LICA

  • Industry members, NGO's and Regulators

 

Meetings:

  • Meetings may be held as required, at the LICA office or a more convenient location as determined by the committee

  • Meetings will be open to the public

  • Co-chairs are elected for staggered two-year terms by the committee membership

 

Currently the Committee consists of:

  • Community (3), and Alternates (2)

  • Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (1)

  • ERCB (1)

  • Health Regions (1)

  • Industry (3), and Alternates (2)

  • First Nations (1)

  • Métis (1)

  • Other Sectors (1), and Alternate (1)

  • Observers

  • Total: Members (12) and Alternates (5)

 

Resources, Expenses & Budget:

  • The Airshed Zone shall have access to the resources of the LICA office and Executive Manager, including phone, fax, e-mail, paper, etc. as required

  • The committee shall use a cost-sharing formula for industry funding systems

  • The committee may choose to hire an independent consultant to review, disseminate, and report back to the community on data collected on an as-needed basis

 

Reporting Process:

  • The Airshed Zone shall provide the LICA Board with copies of committee meeting minutes

  • When requested by the Board or when an issue requires representation for clarification or explanation, the chair or designate of the Airshed Zone will brief the Board

  • An annual report will be submitted to the Board

  • Technical monitoring reports produced by the committee will be made available to the LICA Board and loaded on the LICA website

  • The Airshed Zone shall forward to the LICA Board, for approval, recommendations for any work to be undertaken

  • The committee shall meet CASA and AESRD airshed zone reporting requirements once the airshed zone is established

 

Evaluation:

  • The Airshed Zone shall review its Terms of Reference and evaluate its objectives at least annually.


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